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How to Use Online Forums to Find Freelance Work

Updated on December 31, 2012
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Earning a living as a freelance or ghostwriter may be a little challenging as the ability to earn money as a writer is still in its infancy. However, it seems freelance contractors are shifting a more mainstream position and possibly more lucrative. Since it is difficult looking for good websites and clients to write for that pay well, many people are finding forums the most beneficial way to discover good ways to make money in writing, graphic design, website design, and just about anything else you can think about that can be done online.

Forums Require Moderation and Users Must Follow Rules


People who use forums regularly pass on information about people or companies that hire freelancers, their pay practices, and their general reliability. Rather than cutting down your freelance pay to $4 an hour in some of the websites for authors, forums will allow you to weed out the "cheapsters" and find the people who desire good work and are willing to pay for it.I have seen clients asking for highly skilled and researched work for the most unrealistic low prices, and members of the forum have informed them that it was so low it was "not worth their time" and they were "insulting."

Search for Forums about Your Niche

Obviously, you will want to find a writer's forum that focuses on your niche. If you are a health writer, or specialize in technology, you are going to need to find that niche. Just by using your niche "phrase" in the search engine along with "forum" will help you find the forum you are looking for.

Use Forums from Companies or Websites You use to Find Work

Often, websites you find freelance work at will have forums that pertain to their company and other available opportunities for writers and designers. Use these forums to ask questions and get tips on finding work and getting personal clients that use you for direct orders.

Brand Yourself when You Sign Up for a Forum

When you join a forum, use a username that is related to what you do or the same name that will be recognizable as you get more popular in the freelance forums and marketing. By using the same name for each forum that you use on your work, you can become recognizable overtime and people may use your talent more readily if you are well known.

Signature: Freelance Writer of True Crime, War Stories and Mysteries

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Carefully Select a Signature in the Forum

Make sure the forum allows you to use a signature that is professional, original and easy to remember. This is an important feature that you will use to get information and be contacted by clients or people asking you to join them in a writing team or team project. Read the guidelines in the forum carefully so you don't overstep boundaries or rules. If you cannot acquire a signature in a forum, its use for finding work will be limited. When using a photo or illustration for your signature, be sure you own the work and never display any one else's work that causes copyright issues and infringement. You will most likely be banned from the forum and suffer a loss of your reputation.

Consider a Logo

Logo for a Signature
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Create a Great User Profile

Fill out your profile and make it interesting. If possible, offer samples of your work on your website, writer's websites, and any other work you can share. Hubpages, Squidoo, helium, and other author sites become very useful here to use as samples of your writing ability. If your work is mostly freelancing or ghostwriting, you may not have any articles that you can share legally, so use your hubs and lenses with prospective buyers and employers. Also, include your:

  • Professional Background
  • What your interests or the focus of your writing includes
  • Include contact information, but remember, you may be spammed!
  • Add a professional photo of yourself that conveys a serious but original writer or designer with flair!

Join a Forum

Join a Forum
Sign up
Search for Work
Ask questions and learn where the best jobs are
Share your information as well, become an asset to the forum
Discuss your work and what your niche is dedicated to
Design a profile and signature that is recognizable
Use the same photos and signatures to become branded in the freelance community
Allow contact information but remember you may be spammed
Join as many useful forums as possible to find freelance work and get in contact with clients
Continue to network and offer your services to other writers as well in teams and projects
Read about payment practices and reliability of clients before joining their team or taking a job

Popular Freelance Forums to Check Out

whydowork.com is a great forum for people to connect that work at home. Network and interact with others that share their journeys and experiences with each other that work from their homes.

talkfreelance.com is a great forum to get hired, buy or sell goods, and just chat about graphic design, writing, web design, and other freelance jobs and services.

WritersWeekly.com is one of the best forums for freelance writers looking for jobs and learning tips in their niche.

WAHM.com is a working at home mom's forum about jobs in the home. But you don't have to be a mom to join, just a person interested in work at home jobs and freelance writing.

AllFreelanceWriting.com is a great place to find ghostwriting and other freelance jobs for writing, editing, and copy.

FreelanceSwitch.com has info on prospective clients, network chat, and tools and plugins for your business.

Men with Pens is an excellent site for freelance writers that want to find clients that are willing to pay for high quality work.

WritersForum is an excellent resource and forum for writers looking to make a good living as an author online and off.

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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have been looking for proper work since a year. I hope your tips work for me.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for the great tips. A forum is a great way to get information from people that actually write for the sites. At the moment I only write here but may consider branching out one day so a forum would be a good starting point. Voted up!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I Nell, this is a great place to start if you decide to jump in! It takes a little practice and guts (I really hate rejection), but once you get on an roll, people really respond to your work! Thanks for your support, Nell!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, this is great! I have bookmarked it as I keep meaning to get into Freelance work but haven't had the nerve yet! thanks for the great information maybe now I will have a stab at trying it, nell

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hello Colin, I was just thinking about you! I've been reading your poetry and I'm swooning here, or laughing there, or just smiling. Thank your wonderful support and I hope you will never stop writing for all of us here at the hubs!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....good evening dear Deborah , I just came back from a walk along my lakeshore road on a very frigid night here by the lake at 10:09pm and it's good to come back and be greeted by my two cats, the warm blowing furnace and your beautiful comments which always moves me.

      Again I bow to you my fine lady for your 'prowess' as a writer can communicate such wonderful hub topics in such an appealing, educational and entertaining way. This particular presentation is very helpful to so many of us and I for one will use it (as I often do with all of your hubs) as a reference guide. Thank you for your efforts and research - and now for a nice cuppa tea and some loud music - one advantage of living out in the country by the lake - lake erie time canada 10:10pm

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Sara, try Textbroker if you're just breaking in, for more info, email me under fan mail. Thanks for visiting!

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      very useful! I'm trying to get into freelance writing and I will definitely be using some of this advice!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Very nice to meet you MazioCreate and I am so glad you found it helpful! These are the ones I visit, but there are many more. Good luck!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks MazioCreate, I appreciate your supportive comments and thanks for sharing!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Fantastic info wth good tips! Voted Up, useful and interesting! Thank you for the details, I will be looking this sites up. Happy New Year!

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      MazioCreate 4 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      This is one of the most helpful Hubs I have read on this topic. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this valuable information. Liked and shared!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Interesting and up! I really did not know about these forums and have been learning so much since joining hubpages. I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      hello Rajan, thanks for stopping by, always great to see you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Deborah thanks for sharing these useful tips on how to use forums as well as links to some of them. This is going to be very helpful to freelancers looking for work.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared on G+1.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Kejanny! Happy holidays and see you soon at the hubs!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey MHatter, see you soon at your next poem!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Jackie, thank you for your support!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Eddy, its always wonderful to see you at my hub!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much eHealer for this interesting and very useful hub.

      I vote across/up and share.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Kejanny 4 years ago from Port Moresby

      Useful informative hub. Will check out these forums. Thanks.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this useful info.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great, thank you. I have wondered about writing for pay but never have. Might be fun. Terrific info; will check it out.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Relationshipc, thanks for your great comments and sharing with us! I have found some really good writing work on forums, its not steady, but it does contribute to my paychecks! Thanks and see you soon on the hubs!

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Nice. I have never seen the forums you recommended. But to be honest, I don't go on forums at all - it just hasn't been a part of my online strategy. WritersWeekly is really appealing to me.

      I think branding yourself is very important, especially if you are a good writer. The more people see your name (brand) the more they will remember you and what you do.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks WetNoseDogs, I appreciate your supportive comments!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Wow, I will need to check out some of these. Thanks.